first published on September 5, 2018 by Will
The US service member killed in Monday’s insider attack in Afghanistan has been identified as Army Command Sergeant Major Timothy A. Bolyard, 42, the highest enlisted soldier for 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, operating as the 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) in Logar province.
According to reports, the attack occurred at FOB Shank, as an Afghan police officer fired from a humvee, shooting CSM Bolyard and another US soldier in the back. The offending Afghan officer was killed after the attack, and another four Afghan policemen, likely the rest of the vehicle’s crew, were arrested.
Bolyard was on his 13th deployment, eight of which were combat tours, and was the recipient of two Bronze Stars with “V” devices for valor. Bolyard joined the Army in 1994 as a 19D cavalry scout. He was a married father of two.
The other US soldier wounded in the attack is reportedly in stable condition and is expected to survive.
Security Force Assistance Brigades like Bolyard’s are a relatively new unit type that augments indigenous forces with training, advice, and also accompanies their host nation counterparts on combat missions and raids into enemy territory. They are in constant proximity to Afghan forces and the risk of green on blue attacks is ever-present.